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For some time now evidence has been mounting that omega-3 fatty acids (commonly and naturally found in seafood) may be effective in countering some of the more debilitating effects of depression, as well as bipolar disorder. Now the nutrient appears effective in combating the effects of borderline personality disorder (BPD) as well.

Our research program's carefully controlled study found a significant decline in both depression and aggression among borderline study subjects who received omega-3 fatty acids. This effect may possibly be due to an increase in cell membrane stabilization in the brain, which is made up of at least 60% lipids. This new treatment may prove to be a safe and effective form of therapy for women suffering from moderately severe borderline personality disorder.